* Posts by jason 7

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Re: Dunno What They're Spending £55m On...

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The funding for BBC3 goes like this -

£5 million to 'original' content.

£50 million to Seth McFarlane and Fox.

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

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Wi-fi and printers....

I now tell customers I do not support wi-fi printers.Yes I'd tell them what to do and show them but folks still like having their backsides wiped for them.

I got fed up getting called out to drive across the city to spend two minutes typing the WEP key back into the printer to connect it and then charging them £40 for the pleasure.

Especially when the printer cost £30.

I do have scruples. Like I said, get a mono laser with a Ethernet port and be done with it. Inkjets are toys.

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Why do people need colour inkjets still?

I visit a lot of customers. Most if not all have a colour inkjet sitting gathering dust in the corner. They often ask me "What do you recommend for printing?" I always say well if just printing get a £80 mono laserjet. Lasts longer and usually more robust!

"But what about colour printing?" they ask.

I then ask then when they last printed a colour photo or something that actually needed colour. I think only one of them ever had.

Pizza Express vouchers are just as acceptable in black and white folks.

I use a Dell 1260DN mono laser at home and it works fine with Chromebook and Android tablets/phones.

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Misty-eyed Ray Ozzie celebrates 25th birthday of Lotus Notes by tweeting about it ...

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It was okay at first...

..then went downhill from there.

My main hatred was for the cut and paste side that if you moved the mouse more than 8mm it would zoom to select everything all the way to the bottom. Used to make us all swear a lot. Never seemed to get fixed with every version I used from 3 to 6 iirc.

Oh that and the stupid 20MB mailbox limit the admins set for most users.

Unfortunately I worked for a team that evangelised the Notes Database side. I hated it but we ended up in a huge company with hundreds and hundreds of Notes databases that were there because really no other product could do the job as quickly and cheaply. If a team was told 'NO' by everyone else they came to our team and got something they could use. I managed to avoid the Notes database building on the whole but my claim to fame was building a database that if the user used as it should have been would have been a nice little database. However, they decided to use it as a repository for all their Word/Excel docs instead of the built in reports and it ballooned to a whopping (ahem) 1TB by the time I left. Drove the Notes admins crazy having that lump on their servers.

Pleased me greatly.

I think the company dumped Notes a few years ago. They went to some other crappy email system...Outlook I think it's called.

They should go back to carbon paper memo pads IMO.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Looks like...

a Golf that's been put in the microwave for 30 seconds.

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The Grandmaster: Epic, heart-melting, oh and there's lots of kung fu

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Not a huge fan of such movies.

But I actually caught the first Donnie Yuen Ip Man movie on Film 4 and really enjoyed it. Also liked the second one.

Nice when movies you wouldn't normally watch surprise you like that.

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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Re: Updated my Nexus 4

Nah...mostly hissy fits.

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I had to clear the Google Services framework cache then did a reboot and the update appeared within a few minutes.

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Re: Updated my Nexus 4

Yeah I did a OTA install on my Nexus 4 and it went on fine but was a little laggy swiping apps off the screen. Then I remembered to clear the cache and it was fine after that.

Lollipop is fine so far. Only disappointment for me as a N4 user is the Camera API wasn't updated to the latest with RAW capability. Might have helped eke out a little more performance from the camera.

Seems to me Tech Journos really aren't the experts they claim to be and now expect everything to work perfect first time. If you are an expert in IT you know that's not likely. It may take a couple more steps to reach perfection.

From what I remember usually when we get a new OS update we usually get another update in a couple of months or so to clear up the bigger bugs and then that's most of us sorted till next time.

"Wahh wahhh I can't get it to work therefore, it must be useless!"

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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I don't think my Dad...

will be popping into Boots to put his name down for one on the order list before Xmas and then having to sneak out of work at lunchtime to collect it when his name came up four days before Xmas.

Ahhhh Xmas 1983!

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Re: Burgers are good!

Tom,

Mmmm Sunday afternoons round my Nan having to eat a round of Slimsia bread with Stork SB on it before eating anything else (thanks rationing creating bad habits that continued into the 1970's).

Not a fond memory. Eughhh

However, originally margarine wasn't veg spread...something very veggie unfriendly. I doubt modern veg spreads have little in common with the margarines from the 1970's.

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Re: Burgers are good!

I didn't think margarine actually exists anymore? It's either butter or vegetable spread.

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Yeah every now and then when I want to shift a bit of weight I just cut out the following -

Biscuits

Crisps

Cheese

Beer (maybe a pint a week)

Cut the junk and have a little will power basically.

I just do it for 4 weeks and I can lose 8-10lbs easy. If I want to snack I fill a ramekin with some Shreddies/bran flakes and eat those instead of crisps etc.

I have to say cereal like dry Shreddies are a decent swap for the usual after dinner snacks.

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Re: colour me cynical

Kind of reminds me of removing lead in petrol as it had a link to retardation in children. So they got rid of it and replaced it with more Benzene etc....which doesn't discriminate between old and young.

Much more fair.

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Fiat 500X: A fun-loving Goldilocks who'll get down and dirty

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Re: Nice try

Indeed, I saw a original Mini on the motorway a few days ago. It looked like they were on a suicide mission. I was driving a i10 and felt like I was in a Range Rover by comparison.

Up until 6 months ago I was driving a 2002 Siecento Sporting. Whilst it was a fabulous fun car to drive I never stopped having the niggling fact it had a HALF STAR NCAP rating in the back of my mind. We never dared take that on motorways. Living in Norfolk it was never too much of an issue.

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World of Warcraft then and now: From Orcs and Humans to Warlords of Draenor

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I tried playing it a few months ago.

I'm a die hard Diablo 2/Torchlight/Morrowind fan and played Eve Online for about 6 years (even tried Anarchy Online years and years ago) so thought I'd give WoW a go.

Hmmm.

Well it looked okay and played okay. But I found there was no real way to tweak up my character and alter the stats. Gear was much of a muchness. Combat was just clicking three spell icons over and over till the attacker died. There was little interactive stuff in the surroundings. If you found a building there was nothing you could do with it or objects dotted around. Quests were just rather repetitive.

If you went exploring again you couldn't interact with the surroundings and if you strayed into another area I found that was for higher level players and you just died so that was a no no. So a feeling of being boxed in was all too apparent.

Overall it was just really disappointing from a single player perspective. I got to around level 40 and just walked away. I guess it just wasn't the game for my playing style.

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

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Re: Audio Streamers

Ahhh the Rocki...nice cheap hardware...shame about the awful management team.

Gave up using mine a while ago. Oh what could have been...

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: Antivirus

The reason why MSE scores low on Virus tests nowadays is because as MS rightly states...it's the baseline for protection. As it's the widest used AV out there it's therefore, the one to beat by the bad guys.

I still use it with no ill effects along with EMET5.1 switched to maximum.

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Re: MalwareBytes & VLC

It's good now (it wasn't about 18 months ago..useless in fact) but don't rely on it to clean up a machine using just one scan from it.

Run a second and many time it will find more stuff. Use two other products and I'll bet they find more that Malwarebytes missed.

Addd Combofix into the final mix and see what that drags up.

I see a lot of folks go "I just used Malwarebytes and it fixed it!"

I bet it didn't.

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BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

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Re: Further shopping tips

"If you can use Amex..."

And that's the big question. As mentioned does anyone still take that in the UK? We too had to dump it a long time ago as our Corporate expenses card as so many places refused to take it.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Re: What about Nokia 6310?

I keep a 6310i charged and ready on my shelf at all times. It's my "Apocalypse" phone.

I'll still keep on trucking for a couple of weeks or more while the hordes of wandering masses with iPhone chargers in hand, roam the streets (or is that Heathrow Airport?)

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Philae heads for comet, reports back to mothercraft Rosetta

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Re: The videocast is terrible.

Actually a Brit.

Just looked very amateur and they missed a great opportunity to try to make it look interesting and informative to a wider audience. Just needed one of the team to comment on what was going on from time to time, what they expected, what was going on around them and 500 million miles away.

At a time when science and space research needs all the help it can get, they managed to make it look really really dull.

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Re: The videocast is terrible.

Erm no, but you can have someone who can inform the viewers of the different stages and what the Control folks are looking/waiting for. The Mars lander coverage was fantastic for this, really added to the occasion to know what was going on rather than 6 people standing around looking nervous for 40 minutes then punching the air all of a sudden.

Just looked rather amateurish....and they had 10 years to prepare for it.

Come back James Burke or the likes of Raymond Baxter.

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The videocast is terrible.

No indication of what is going on. No commentary.

They didn't see how they did the Mars Rover I guess.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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I love these...

..."I can do my 'not very demanding' job on a phone sitting in Starbucks, so everyone else in the world will be too in a years time!" articles.

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: Just checking

Not many I guess. I often mention it to tech folks as a extra level of security and most go "never heard of it!"

I surprised that MS isn't actually putting this into Windows 10 as standard. However, if they did as per usual it would be switched off by default.

After all it would be bad press if old man Withers 2002 shareware email application stopped working because of it.

Okay okay and all the hokey coded in house software that didn't conform to modern coding standards from 2003 onwards.

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EMET 5.1 is now out.

Thank you.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Re: Fuck terrorism

Indeed, it's all about weeding out political dissent in the future. Being able to 'remove' those from society that would incite the 99% to wake up and take back what should be theirs.

The Western Govts. will do all they can to avoid the revolution that happened in Eastern Europe in the early 90's happening here.

Their think tanks have run the numbers. They know they are on borrowed time unless they keep tight control over us.

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

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After his last two movies...

...I'll wait to see it on Prime Streaming in a couple of years.

In no hurry. C'mon, whilst the guy comes up with nice visuals his scripts and plots have more holes than a cheese grater...or a Damon Lindelof screenplay.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Love it!

I'm a huge Prime delivery user (about 6 deliveries a week so it saves me a fortune) and I also used Lovefilm so the whole package is a no brainer for me.

I pre-ordered My Fire TV and I've been really impressed. I wanted something to replace the antique and noisy Xbox 360 that had done all the streaming duties for us. I have cancelled my Gold Subs too so wasnt sure if I could carry on using it for that either. I think they lifted streaming from Gold only but...I didn't care by then.

So now the Fire does all the streaming. All I use it for is Prime, Netflix and You Tube. The Gf has added on the pilates app.

Mine is setup with Ethernet and a Amazon Essentials Fast HDMI cable. I would like to see 1080i added to the options as my TV doesn't support 1080p (it's elderly you see) but it's running fine at 720p.

I would also like to see a better divide between Prime Free video and Prime Paid content as its a bit messy on that front. Oh and being able to delete stuff from the main menu I don't need to slim it down.

Other than that it's a great little box.

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Apple's strap-on will set you back just '$5,000' – what a BARGAIN!

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Re: Hmmm choices choices....

Okay let me explain once more for the slightly slow.

I said worth scrap - in which case it will be worth its gold scrap value if solid whatever that may be.

Or sold for spares on Ebay - in which case its just gold plated and worth the (off the top of my head figure) £20.

Have we got that now?

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Re: Hmmm choices choices....

You did see the bit about 'scrap' as in scrap value of solid gold or 'spares' if gold plated?

I guess I need to be really really specific for some. Apologies.

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Hmmm choices choices....

I could have a Omega Seamaster Professional with change left over or a blinged up Apple Watch for possibly a bit more.

I wonder which will still be working three years later and may have actually increased in value while the other is worth just scrap or £20 for spares on Ebay.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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Just what were you running exactly???

"Even with only a handful of basic applications open, this Mini is already consuming just under 7GB of the installed eight."

I only get that kind of RAM use in Windows if I'm running two or three VMs etc.

Usual daily usage averages around 3.5GB of the 16GB I have.

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Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

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Re: $200 Laptop Comparison - Screen Quality

I take it you haven't used one of the new breed of £200 Windows 8.1 laptops?

If you think having a laptop that runs (well grinds) at 100% on both its 1GHz cores for most of the time (reminiscent of using a laptop from 1999) as fine for 'pottering around' then fine.

I'd rather buy second hand or pay the extra £150 for a proper CPU.

I have a Pentium 1.3GHz dual core CULV laptop from 2009 that runs rings round these arthritic CPUs. Progress? Nope inventory clearing of crappy tablet CPUs that no one wants.

Plus are you saying the Average Joe really knows what that are getting for £200? I don't think so by the number of them I'm getting brought to me fresh out of the box. "It's too slow!!" It's like Windows 7 Netbooks all over again.

I have nothing against cheap tablets. I love the Hudl and still use a antique 1Ghz dual core Playbook. But then the CPU and OS was specifically designed for the device...

Full Windows 8 should not run on tablet level CPUs for a good/usable experience.

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I agree. I'm baffled why people need to carry around so much digital baggage. I tried it once loading up devices with all the music and fave movies etc. and found I just didn't have the time to use them. That was on a 64GB tablet.

Not to mention all the 'oh that will be really handy' apps that I actually never used either, that just sat there mining my data and using up battery (possibly).

All gone now, just the essential stuff and 9GB free on my 16GB Nexus 4.

However, I admit different strokes and all that.

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Re: I'll stick with my better value Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 thanks.

Interestingly I have modified an old Tecra M7 tablet laptop from 2005 (1440x900 screen) with -

6GB of Ram

2.2GHz dual core CPU

120GB SSD

Windows 8.1 Pro

Cost of the upgrade was around £120 and my time and it works a treat.

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Re: I'm not sure about this....

Apparently Google thinks that selling the new Nexus line at full price will bring them to the attention of the general public. High Street retail friendly prices I guess.

Just as the High Street is rolling in it's death throws.

Hmmm way to go Google. Let's be honest the no.1 reason why most of us tech folks bought Nexus gear was the low price....followed a way down by the specs and open build.

Yes I'm a bit peeved as a long term Nexus buyer.

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Re: $200 Laptop Comparison - Screen Quality

The big problem with the new £200 Windows laptops is the CPU they use.

The CPUs are basically tablet level in terms of performance and they struggle pushing Windows 8. I have had customers bring them to me asking if I can make them go faster. The only thing I can is put a SSD in them to help reduce the lag. But by then they may as well have paid £350 for a laptop with a proper CPU in it.

These machines are a big mistake. Avoid anything Windows based that sells for less than £350.

Under £350...buy a Chromebook. That will work just fine.

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Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game: Glimpses of Turing's life, but that's all ...

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Re: So when do we get the Turing movie we all really want...

No I mean something along the lines of what they did with the story of DNA -

Life Story or The Race for the Double Helix.

With Jeff Goldblum and Tim Pigott-Smith.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093815/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_69

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So when do we get the Turing movie we all really want...

...you know the historically and technically accurate one which covers in details Flowers/Turing et al working on cracking the codes and developing the wonderful machines?

Leave the emotional Oscar nomination stuff out and get to the technical details of how they did it.

Enigma ain't it and this new film, if it doesn't mention Flowers isn't it either.

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UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

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I no longer install it on any machines I build or rollout. I go on the principle if someone needs it they will shout.

I've dumped a lot of stuff over the years Air/Shockwave etc. etc.

Flash is the last holdout.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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Re: How about getting that kind of dosh for my HDD-based...

Actually my 30GB Black Zune Mk1 bought new for £75 in 2007 is still working just fine. Still pondering slapping in a 60GB+ drive.

Ignore the MS connotation/baggage and take it as a PMP, it was a great device.

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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Re: saturation...

The issue is that ten to fifteen years ago the fact that if you wanted to record a record you had to pay to go into a recording studio.

That acted as a great filter to those that could not and should not and prevented many talentless people from ever being heard.

Now with a laptop and a few bits of software you can do what you like, where you like.

It's like writing a book. Publishers on the whole could tell a half decent read and put the rest in the recycling. Now anyone can get their dirge pushed onto Amazon etc.

Sometimes the digital revolution can go horribly wrong.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

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Yes I would say Netflix And Amazon Prime make up for 3-4 hours of viewing a night this time of year. Not to mention the stuff we watch separately (Lost Girl for her, Community for me).

When you can switch on the streaming box and you have hundreds of seasons of top US drama and comedy shows, you just keep going. Sat and watched three episodes of The Good Wife last night.

Terrestrial TV watching is now down to just CSI Vegas (coming to an end), CH4 News and maybe the odd music documentary on BBC4. Hardly worth the cost to be honest.

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Re: Netflix UK has a fraction of the selection of Netflix US

@Alaskahome

You appear to have a very different view to myself and my friends and family here in the UK.

The quality of UK TV has nosedived so much over the past 15 years it's unreal. The BBC and ITV now have just two or three premier shows that they make so much noise about it makes it look like there is so much more.

But really there isn't. Take Dr Who, Sherlock and Top Gear (to be honest the quality of all of them is suspect) away from the BBC and you are left with very little of depth and entertainment value. Plus the actual watchable output hours of those shows per year is tiny. Not to mention, where did all the good comedy go?

Now compare that with all the major US based drama/sci-fi/comedy shows over the past 5 years and you are swamped for choice.

Folks aren't subscribing to Prime and Netflix in their droves for Strictly Come Dancing.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Re: My dad and my brother...

It might. It's just that owning and driving a Caterham is all about the raw essence of driving. It's like taking up a Tiger Moth rather than a Jetstream.

The less clutter and electronics the better. You only need an engine that goes up to 80-90mph anyway because with a Caterham whatever speed you are actually doing over 40mph, it feels 30mph faster than it really is.

Simple engines in the Caterham are great too if you like home servicing. Garages love working on them for that reason as they don't need to mess around.

Keep it simple.

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Re: Prices - Need the exact model for a comparision, but...

It's an odd one. I remember wanting to buy a Ford Puma when all the car importing stuff was going on with Carbusters etc. at the turn of the century.

The local Ford Dealer wanted £16000 for a Puma.

I went to Carbusters and they asked just £12000 for a UK 1.7 spec Puma.

Now that £12000 car had the Ford factory cut, the Ford dealer in Duisburg cut, the UK importers cut and also Carbusters take too plus VAT etc. and still came in £4000 cheaper.

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My dad and my brother...

...both had Caterhams.

My dad had a late 1980's Prisoner spec style racing green one. It was a gentleman racer with a uprated 1700CC Ford engine. Twin carbs and an exhaust that popped and crackled like crazy. You could hear that car coming into the village from about two miles away. He sold it about a year ago as it want getting the use it did.

My bother has a mid 90's standard spec Caterham with a 1600cc Ford engine. He still has it and uses it often in the summer.

They were the only two cars that the guys at the servicing garage in town would drive over specially to collect...funny that.

With Caterhams the general rule is simplest/basic is best. Big mega engines are a waste of time as the design is inherently flawed in its aerodynamics. Once you hit the 90-100mph range the power needed to go over that goes up exponentially.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

I rolled out quite a few Windows 8/8.1 machines to baby boomers and a few XP hold-outs back in April May this year.

I have to say they went down pretty well with the users. I just spent 15-20 minutes with them going over the differences between XP and 8 and it was fine.

Whilst the initial design of 8 was flawed in some ways, the basic rule of "if you go in thinking you'll fail before you try", then getting to grips with it would be an uphill struggle. Those that I trained with few pre-conceptions got on just fine. "I don't know what all the fuss is about!" was a oft used phrase.

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